This week’s “Lookout” is on a dungeon producer named Newstalgia. If you ever had the invitation to walk down in his basement, you know what I’m talking about. Take a walk to the back room and the first thing you see is a would-be couch, cushions bent out of shape because of the vinyl stacked in piles all over it. You look up and see a broken MPC 2000XL on top of some homemade shelving with vinyl, and more vinyl, and more vinyl. There’s records stacked on the floor, sectioned in crates, and piled in duplicates on the tables next to his dusty triton, and unused rack mounts. This dude DIGS. You can hear it in his music. Not everyone that digs, can also make quality beats. Newstalgia is not in that unfortunate category. I’m a big fan and I felt the need to share the name with all of you. He’s one of those beatmakers that sits in the basement and works on his craft, trying different angles, and even layering 3 or 4 songs on one beat.
I first heard this dude’s music in late 2009 I think, when I was invited to judge a beat battle up at Michigan State University. During that whole night, the difference between Newstalgia and the rest of the producer field was HUGE. I was immediately drawn to his drums, his dirty ass samples, and the era of which his music resembled. This short, non-threatening, typical white guy came out of nowhere and smacked everybody in the face! NEVER underestimate anyone! Needless to say, he won that battle. I was like “WHO is this cat, and WHY have I never heard of him before this?” After the battle, I HAD to get his information and keep in touch, especially since he’s from my old hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Since that time, we’ve become friends. I’ve had the priveledge to go diggin’ with Chris Miller aka Miller Genuine Craft aka Newstalgia on several occasions. I’ve showed him some of my underground vinyl spots, and he’s showed me some of his as well; and again, this dude DIGS. In turn, he also has BEATS!
Be on “The Lookout” for the name Newstalgia, and his work on the upcoming albums from The Regiment and also dope emcee Othello. He also has an instrumental album called “Been” that I’m sure you’ll like. It’s a different, but refreshing sound. The album takes you to another place, forreal. I guarantee you that you’ll being hearing more from this producer in the near future, mark my words. You can check out Newstalgia on Soundcloud ( www.soundcloud.com/newstalgia ) and follow him on Twitter ( www.twitter.com/newstalgia ).
Here are a few Newstalgia-produced joints AND his Instrumental Album “Been”:
“Been” Instrumental Album (Prod. by Newstalgia)